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Adopted on 25/01/2017
Reference: 
SOC/542-EESC-01902-00-04-ac
Plenary session: 
522 -
Jan 25, 2017 Jan 26, 2017

The EESC adopted this opinion after in-depth work carried out during the four meetings of the study group. The opinion also reflects the national debates with civil society organisations carried out in all Member States between 2 September and 2 November 2016. These discussions were coordinated by three members of the EESC ('trios') from the country concerned, often in cooperation with the European Commission (15 debates) or the national economic and social council (7 debates). Participants came from a wide range of employers' and trade union organisations and other civil society organisations, as well as, to a lesser extent, from the academic world. A total of 116 EESC members and nearly 1,800 representatives of civil society organisations participated in the 28 debates. The conclusions/recommendations of the national debates have been grouped in the opinion, while the reports on the national debates will be published separately.

EESC opinion: European Pillar of Social Rights - SOC/542

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Adopted on 13/07/2011
Reference: 
SOC/400-EESC-2011-1171
Plenary session: 
473 -
Jul 13, 2011 Jul 14, 2011

This exploratory opinion responds to a request made by the Polish Presidency. One of the key messages is that the number of high quality jobs needs to be increased. If we succeed to use the untapped employment reserves in all age brackets, many other issues - for instance the long term funding of the pension systems - will be solved. If the real retirement age is to be raised then it is necessary to ensure that people can work longer. The opinion lists a package of measures to make working conditions favourable for older people.

EESC opinion: Demographic trends and the labour market

Adopted on 14/11/2012
Reference: 
SOC/448-EESC-2012-1526
Plenary session: 
484 -
Nov 14, 2012 Nov 15, 2012

With this opinion the EESC wants to highlight all forms of older peoples' participation in society. It recommends eliminating any barriers to their involvement and fostering their contribution. This means: increasing the offer of adapted learning for older people, namely on ICT, encouraging them to work until the retirement age and possibly beyond, provided that work environments and contractual arrangements meet their needs, valuing their role as volunteers, in particular as informal care givers, and recognising them as important consumers of goods and services.

EESC opinion: Participation of older people in society

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